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Saturday, December 14, 2019

In appreciation of Brock Holt, whose job with Red Sox might be gone, but whose legacy is secure

The transactions came in quick succession as the winter meetings wrapped on Thursday in San Diego. First, the Red Sox selected infielder Jonathan Arauz from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft. A couple of hours later, they inked infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year, $3 million deal.

Both are utility infielders, and their arrivals increase the likelihood that we’ll be saying goodbye to Brock Holt this winter.

From a bottom-line perspective, it’s hard to argue. Holt turns 32 in June, has battled injuries the past four years and should make more than $3 million annually on a multi-year deal. The Red Sox need to get younger and cheaper, and that includes the bench.

If this is it, though, Holt deserves more of a sendoff than a line in the transaction wire, because his impact on the field, in the clubhouse, and especially in the community far outstripped his modest 5-foot-10 frame.

A few words in honor of a utility infielder potentially on his way out.

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: December 14, 2019 at 10:16 AM (#5908672)
I love the Brockstar. Genuinely good guy, amazingly active with the Jimmy Fund, solid and useful enough player. I really hope he winds up getting significantly overpaid by someone. He’s a guy I’d love to see really cash in. If nothing else he always has “first player to ever hit for the cycle in a post-season game” on the back of his baseball card.

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